Campsis radicans, commonly called trumpet vine or trumpet creeper, is a dense, vigorous, multi-stemmed, deciduous, woody, clinging vine that attaches itself to structures and climbs by aerial rootlets. It is native to the eastern and southeastern U. S. Species plants rapidly grow to 30-40' high. Compound, odd-pinnate leaves (to 15” long) are shiny dark green above and glabrous dull green below. Each leaf has 7 to 11 elliptic to oblong leaflets (to 4" long) with serrated margins. Leaves turn yellow in fall. Clusters (terminal cymes) of red trumpet-shaped flowers (to 3” long) appear throughout the summer (June to September). Flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds
Trumpet vine seeds have a dormancy period. They need a period of chilling which simulates winter conditions to break their dormancy.
- Place trumpet vine seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for two months.
- Fill a pot with potting soil.
- Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
- Water the container and leave it to drain.
- Put the pot in a warm, sunny area.
- Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet.
- The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.